Western Carolina 83, Furman 75
Key Stat: Furman 2 made threes. The Paladins simply made 2 of 12 from three point range. That's not a very good three point performance and Western Carolina knocked down eight threes. That was one of the big differences in this one. The Paladins needed to knock down a few more threes to win this one.
Player of the Game: Trey Sumler. Sumler wound up scoring 24 points on 10 of 23 shooting from the floor and 4 of 11 from three point range. He had four assists and two rebounds. Sumler missed two free throws and had four personal fouls, so there were plenty of problems for Sumler, but he did produce on the offensive end.
What It All Means: Furman needs a win in the worst way, but I'm beginning to think this is just the kind of team no one will want to see on Friday at the SoCon Tournament. This team will not have many wins, making it wasy for the team their opponent to overlook them, and this team has been competitive in almost all of their games. I think they are a dangerous first round SoCon opponent. Western Carolina should have some concerns coming out of this one. They have won two straight, but they are each narrow wins over Appalachian State and Furman, who have combined to go 4-17 in SoCon play. They travel to Chattanooga, UNCG and Appalachian State in their next three games. That will tell the tale of this team. The Catamounts have championship material, but they are not playing up to that level right now.